Skip to main content

About your Search

Search Results 0 to 6 of about 7 (some duplicates have been removed)
Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and
Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm PST
just days away, president obama said today it was the fault of congressional republicans. >> they haven't come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we've got these automatic, brutal spending cuts. >> reporter: republicans blame the president. >> the president, back in the last session of congress, refused to cut spending in any place. >> reporter: they're fighting over a sequester. washington speak for the $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts that would begin march 1st unless congress and the president agree on a deficit-cutting package. >> the problem with it is it doesn't distinguish between wasteful spending and very good spending. >> reporter: through 2021, it means cutting $85 billion a year, half from the pentagon, half from nondefense programs. everything from education to national parks to meals on wheels. exempt from the cuts, programs like social security and veterans' benefits and student loans. the administration warns federal food inspectors would be temporarily furloughed. that could mean less product, higher prices and fewer jobs. air travelers m
Feb 12, 2013 5:30pm PST
of the second term of the obama presidency begins. at least the part the president would like to accomplish and where he sees the nation headed. he faces, of course, a sharply divided congress, sometimes violently so, and a divided viewing audience. here tonight, a nation starting to see some daylight after years of recession, and it's the long, suffering middle class that will be the target of much of his message tonight. we should tell you at the same time, we are following a very tense news event, across the continent on the west coast in the san berardino mountains, gunfire and then a fire over an hour we've been watching this in a cabin in the woods believed to contain the sniper, ex-cop, the military veteran that has terrorized southern california for days. another loss of life tonight. a police deputy there confirmed
Feb 26, 2013 6:30pm EST
is telling the truth here. the obama administration is close to running out of dire ways to warn of the consequences. the attorney general of the united states actually said today our country is going to be less safe because of these budget cuts. so, if that's the case, why doesn't it feel more urgent amid all the noise here in washington? it's where we begin tonight with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, we have a new poll out, and it has a simple and clear message -- the american public's patience is wearing thin with washington as it stumbles into yet another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president was in newport news, virginia, today, a shipbuilding town heavily dependent on military spending. >> these cuts are wrong. they're not smart, they're not fair. >> reporter: the virginia economy and newport news in particular would be among the hardest hit in the country if the automatic cuts to defense kick in. those fears have workers at the naval s
Search Results 0 to 6 of about 7 (some duplicates have been removed)